Self-expression takes shape in many forms.

“Not everyone is a brain or athlete,” Betsy Wilson-Mahoney, Aiken artist, said.

For some, art is the right choice.

Aiken offers arts and crafts classes at many spots.

Below are a few places to get you started, based on your individual interests.


Whether you want to throw a birthday party or a bachelorette party, Bisquecuts & Glazy pottery studio offers several art-themed options.

Themes for birthday parties include the Tea Party, the Piggy Bank and the Party Animal Party.

The cost for these parties range from $175 and up.

However, you don’t have to be in a group to enjoy what the studio has to offer.

During business hours, one can walk in and create as many pieces as he or she wishes.

Choices vary from mugs and cookware to garden decor.

More than 50 color options are available, with each individual piece priced separately.

The studio provides all supplies. If you have something specific you want glazed, you can bring that item in, too.

The business also offers group classes.

Scheduled for June 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is a “Sunset Palm” Canvas Class. Cost is $25 per person.

Bisquecuts & Glazy’s hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The studio is located at 949 Pine Log Road.

For more information, call 803-648-7772 or visit


For those who want to create their own jewelry, M.B Jewelry & Beads is a place to visit.

With hundreds of beads available, customers can create necklaces and bracelets.

The store also offers basic jewelry-making tools.

For those wishing to attend a class, the store has some scheduled for this month.

On June 7 from 11 a.m. to noon, a basic stringing class will be taught. The cost is $18, which includes a kit for a 7.5-inch bracelet.

On June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., a Rollin’ Along bracelet class will be taught. The cost is $28, which includes a kit for a 7.5-inch bracelet.

Pre-registration for classes is required.

M.B Jewelry & Beads’ summer hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The store is at 145 Laurens St. S.W.

For more information, call 803-502-0200 or visit


The Barbara Sue Brodie NeedleWorks studio is designed for those interested in knitting and needlepoint.

The studio has books and supplies to get people started.

Private and group classes are also available.

For private classes, the student must bring his own supplies. Class costs start at $25 per hour.

On June 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the studio will host a Beginner Knitting: Cotton Washcloth class.

This class will teach “the building blocks of knitting,” according to the studio’s website.

Cost of $25 will include yarn, needles and instruction.

Deadline to sign up is June 10.

For those who run into trouble with their pieces after class, Brodie will offer her assistance for free.

Barbara Sue Brodie NeedleWorks’ summer hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The studio is located at 345 Hayne Ave. S.W.

For more information, call 803-644-0990 or visit


• Oil

Teacher Julie Adams holds private oil-painting classes in her downtown studio, Studio 143.

Usually at least five adults take a class at a time.

Students must bring their own supplies.

Adams starts her students out on a simple painting to help them learn the basics. After a certain point, the student may chose his or her own subject.

Lessons run once a week for a month.

Studio 143 is located at 143 Laurens St.

For more information, call 803-648-3880 or visit

• General

Teacher Beth Brodie owns the Van Gogh to Go studio downtown.

She offers on-site and off-site party options. At least eight people need to be in a group.

The host of the party decides on the picture that the group will paint.

While Brodie leads the class through the basic process, “all the paintings end up looking different,” she said.

She provides all supplies and music, while guests can bring their own refreshments.

Cost for adults is $35 per person. Children’s parties can begin at a rate of $200, which covers a party of 10.

Van Gogh to Go is located at 337 Hayne Ave. S.W.

For more information, call 803-645-6025 or visit


The Aiken Center for the Arts offers classes for children and adults year-round.

Later this summer, it will start up various camps.

Aiken Center for the Arts is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.

It is located at 122 Laurens St. S.W.

For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit

The Aiken County Public Library and surrounding libraries sometimes hold their own craft and arts classes.

Aiken County Public Library is at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.

It open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit